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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Yes, You Are That Stupid

It is being reported in the Washington Post that the now infamous Terry Schiavo talking-points memo circulated among Republicans during floor debate was constructed by the legal counsel of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.). Brian H. Darling, the author of the document, is a former lobbyist for the Alexander Strategy Group on gun rights and other issues. The memo emphasized the importance of the Schiavo case for the purpose of strengthening support from the Republican party's constituency. It basically displayed how Republicans were using Schiavo to promote their own political agendas.

What appears to have happened is that during floor debate Sen. Martinez handed Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) the memo stating, "These are some talking points--something we're working on." Officials subsequently turned the document over to reporters. Since the memo's release Republicans have attempted to deflect accusations of insensitivity by claiming that the memo was nothing but a concoction and fabrication put together by the Democratic party.

When Martinez, the Senate's point man on the Schiavo issue, was questioned on why he didn't look into the possibility that the talking-points memo came out of his camp he responded, "I just took it for granted that we wouldn't be that stupid."

You wanna bet?

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